Blogs

BMA’s Malawana: “Instead of a generation ground down, we saw a generation stand up for patient care”

This was the year when we were all put to the test. Our motives, our determination and our unity, all placed under the harshest possible spotlight. Ther...

Royal College of Physicians: junior contract not final point of journey, but a starting position

The junior doctor contract negotiations and ongoing dispute have been a long journey. But, as a profession, we have come a long way over the past 10 months...

How should one respond to an inadequate Care Quality Commission rating?

Inadequate. Depends on how you look at it, isn't it? Depends on how you react to it. The Care Quality Commission came to our trust and rated the Urgent ...

“New ways of working and investment needed – we’re under-doctored, under-funded, over-stretched”

A new report, called Stepping up to the place: The key to successful integration, calls for greater efforts to transform and integrate health and social ca...

Lying in public office is becoming a very effective technique

I was brought up, as I’m sure most of you were, to believe that lying is wrong. It should be even worse when people in positions of power and influence d...

“To facilitate hospital discharges we need adequate capacity in intermediate care services”

The NAO has released a report on delayed discharge suggesting it costs the NHS £820m per year: "This report highlights the urgent need for adequate fu...

A message to junior doctors – decide whether to support the contract dispassionately

Social media has been a curious cocktail since the ‘contract deal’ was announced. Conjectures, theories, mischief has flown around in equal measure, wi...

Junior doctor contract: despite the tinkering, juniors are going to reject the deal

So, in a nutshell, here are the changes to the juniors' NHS contract. Note that no one has explained how you make a five day service become a seven service...

Reaction to the contract agreement: “we hope juniors will support the new package”

Stephen Dalton, acting Chief Executive, NHS Confederation “Our members across the NHS will be pleased that a resolution for a new junior doctors contr...

Zika Virus: WHO warning about the risks in Europe is timely and real

The WHO Europe warning about the risk of Zika virus in Europe is timely and real. There have already been indigenous European outbreaks of two closely r...

“EM Cinderella is not going to the ball, she is resigning and seeking work elsewhere”

Latest government figures – in the NHS England Combined Performance Summary – show lengthening waits for urgent and emergency care. Here’s the key...